What Congress Is Doing to Help Lower The Number of Veteran Suicides

An estimated 22 veterans die each day as a result.

— -- The Senate today passed legislation aiming to lower the amount of veteran suicides in the United States at time when as many as an estimated 22 veterans take their own lives each day.

With a vote of 99-0, the Senate approved the Clay Hunt Suicide Prevention for American Veterans Act, which has already passed the House of Representatives and will now head to the president’s desk.

A 2013 study released by the Department of Veterans Affairs found that between 18 and 22 veterans commit suicide each day.

The legislation also establishes a pilot loan repayment program for psychiatrists working at the VA.

“This no nonsense bill not only will help save lives, but also honor the obligation the government made to our veterans when they put on the uniform. With its passage, our country can begin to curb the alarmingly high veteran suicide rate. And we can’t wait any longer as 22 veterans die by suicide every day,” IAVA CEO and Founder Paul Rieckhoff said Monday.

ABC News' Gregory Hughes contributed to this report.